Dena Fahlquist 2024 NM Mother of the Year :: NM Momcast || Episode 13


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Dena Fahlquist, an active ABQ Mom contributor, has been nominated American Mothers Inc. Mother of the Year! She joins us for an interview and we discuss her many endeavors, from running the ABQ Mom Book Club, to advocating for allergy testing, to working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and why she would rather swim with sharks than get a shot.

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Connect with ABQ Mom In Person

It’s no secret that this motherhood journey is unique. Having people to turn to, talk to, and share experiences with can make all the difference in the world. If you’re new to the area, new to being a mom, or just want a way to connect with others close to where you live, join one of ABQ Mom’s groups.

ABQ Mom’s Community & Conversation Group is an online (private) Facebook group that allows moms to connect, ask questions (mommy or non-mommy related), discuss local happenings, and attend events like playdates and meet-ups.

We also have a very active book club and a fitness group.

For moms not on Facebook, there’s an email list to keep the event dates and locations.

Recommendations from the Episode

American Mothers
ASL American Sign Language
New Mexico School for the Deaf
Albuquerque Sign Language Academy
Queer Eye
Happy Accidents
Santa Fe Children’s Museum

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Becca Lusko Toups
Becca is a stay-at-home "Mom-ager" with four kids and a wonderfully blended family. She is retired from corporate cosmetics management, but pieces together countless side hustles as a makeup artist, doing interior design and styling, creating custom fiber wall art, and coaching high school volleyball. She has been in Albuquerque most of her life but has also lived in enough other states long enough to know how amazing the weather is here in New Mexico! Becca and her husband David have two teenagers, a preteen, and a kindergartener. This keeps parenting VERY interesting and busy from driver's ed and dating to storytime and dress up. She loves finding humor in the everyday, figuring out how to DIY almost anything around the house, cooking with her husband, keeping active with a myriad of sports and fitness, as well a celebrating all holidays. Follow Becca on Instagram or check out her website.


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